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Hewitt Pottery
  • Hewitt Pottery

In fired-up treasures

To be unveiled at the Mark Hewitt Summer Kiln opening this weekend: More than 1,500 salt-glazed, wood-fired pots--from his definitive large jars and planters to teapots, mugs and assorted tablewares--the result of a four-month production cycle. Five cords of wood went into the 3 1/2-day firing, manned by six people working a shift system to stoke the hand-built modified version of a 14th-century Thai kiln at Hewitt Pottery. New this summer, Hewitt introduces several new glazes based on modified ash recipes that will be in the amber-brown to dark-green color range. Also new is Hewitt's take on the "rundlet" form, an adaptation of a small 19th-century whiskey barrel. Come between 4 and 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25 to scope out your favorites. The sale begins Saturday, with a suggested arrival time between 8 a.m. and the 9 a.m. opening. Sunday opens at noon. Both days' sales conclude at 5 p.m. Hewitt Pottery is located at 424 Johnny Burke Road in Pittsboro. For more information, call 542-2371 or visit --Michele Natale

In dancing all night (and day)

Touch Ultra Lounge in Morrisville, the Carrboro Century Center and Montas Lounge in RTP host the first N.C. Salsa Xtravaganza this weekend. The party kicks off Friday night, Aug. 25, at Touch with live music by Samecumba (admission $10). Saturday at the Century Center, the afternoon starts at noon with salsa/mambo workshops taught by professional instructors from Boston, Chicago, Toronto and Atlanta (fees vary, pre-registration or walk-in). The pros then strut their stuff at a Saturday evening performance in the Center starting at 9 p.m., followed by social dancing into the wee hours ($25). A farewell party at Montas takes place Sunday evening from 7 to 10 p.m. ($5). The weekend-long event is hosted by the Mambo Dinamico Dance Company. For more information, visit --Sylvia Pfeiffenberger

  • Godzilla

In the last roars of summer

Summer's winding down, folks, and sadly, so is the outdoor movie series at the N. C. Museum of Art. But things will go out with a bang rather than a whimper, with not one but two celebrated cinematic fantasy-nightmares. Friday night at 9 p.m. is Godzilla, the Japanese version from 1954 that existed before Raymond Burr. Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. is Peter Jackson's perhaps too lovingly crafted King Kong, impressive on first viewing but a little bloated in retrospect. Still, those effects were amazing, and outdoors is where we want to catch it. Admission is $3, or free for children 5 and under. The museum is located at 2110 Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh. For more information, visit --David Fellerath

In tierras calientes

La Ley 96.9 FM, a Curtis Media station in Raleigh, celebrates their third successful year of broadcasting in the Mexican Regional format with a day-long festival at Alltel Pavilion in Raleigh this Sunday, Aug. 27. Family activities, food, vendors and eight live bands provide entertainment from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The music known as "tierra caliente," a popular style of banda/norteña, will be featured, with international acts like Beto y sus Canarios and Triny y La Leyenda, and local heroes Rey Norteño. And Domenic Marte will sing bachata, a style sometimes referred to as the Dominican blues, which is a new addition to the festival. Attendance has reached 10,000 in past years, and organizers say they're expecting even more this time. Admission is $20 for adults, children 12 and under free. For more information, visit --Sylvia Pfeiffenberger

  • Shellac

In unexpected shows

Why, one wonders, is Shellac--the 14-year-old power trio of Steve Albini, Bob Weston and Todd Trainer, the explosive combo set to end all other indie rock power trios' relevance--touring? Because they feel like it, man. Not given to conventional promotional touring in traditional clubs (they've played in riverboats and high school gymnasiums), Shellac isn't hitting the road to get behind a new record or to save the world from itself. They just want to play some shows, riff on "Watch Song" and remind everybody that Chicago bands still sound better than bands from any other city in the world. Plus, they'll be hanging with pals Uzeda, whose first album in eight years, Stella, is one of the most manic and involving records Albini has engineered in half a decade. God damn, these guys are real (good). The 9 p.m. Cat's Cradle show on Wednesday, Aug. 30 costs $10. For tickets, visit --Grayson Currin

Buju Banton
  • Buju Banton

In riddim reviews

Reggae has recently been recast in the States as an all-influential voice of revolution and personal conviction, but it has occasionally been haunted by the hateful ghosts of its past. Dancehall artists like Buju Banton once cast a shadow of shame on the genre with homophobic sentiments running through the genre's "slack" subdivision. In the last few years, though, he has moved toward a conscious center for voicing political concerns (like his anti-gun song "Mr. Nine") also occupied by peers including the soulful Gregory Isaacs. At the One Love Reggae Festival at the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh on Tuesday, Aug. 29, the lineup--with Banton, Isaacs, Capleton, Cocoa Tea and Assassin--will give glimmers of both reggae's fiery heritage and the new voices and riddims of change emanating from Jamaica's streets. Get fiya'd up at 8 p.m. for $34 in advance. For more, visit --Chris Toenes

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